In the shadows of Mount Vesuvius and just two hours south of Rome, you’ll find Italy’s third largest city, Naples. Home to the original pizza, fascinating historic sites, gay beaches, and a colorful gay nightlife, you're sure to have a wonderful time in gay Naples.
Located in Centro Storico (the city’s historic center), Piazza Bellini is the heart of gay nightlife in Naples, and is generally recognized as the city’s gay area. This bustling 17th century square is full of gay-friendly bars and restaurants, which tend to attract a youthful, liberal crowd from the surrounding universities. Grab a spritz and turn on your gaydar because chances are you’ll get lucky with a young Neapolitan at one of these popular bars.
Welcome to the neon lights of Macho Lato, a two-story club with multiple dance floors and a designated cruising area for men of the bear persuasion. Find the teddy bear of your dreams (for the night) in the cruising area, then head down to the Sex Box or Darkroom with one another, before sharing a smoke in the Lounge Zone.
Sound a little too wild? Take a stroll down Via Santa Maria di Costantinopoli to Bar Fiorillo for a more wholesome time. Here you can enjoy a light meal at a table out front, before stepping inside for a beer or cocktail at the bar full of people from the local LGBTQ community.
Depot Napoli is one of the more authentic gay bars Naples has to offer, and is the spot for guys who dig fetish-themed parties (like underwear night!). Inside, you’ll find plenty of gay men packed into the tiny club, bumping to Reggaeton in a jailhouse-inspired setting. The 15 euro cover includes your first drink, so don’t be deterred at the entry. Come here to party hard until the wee hours of the morning.
Pizza lovers unite! Naples is the birthplace of pizza, and L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele is noted for having the best pizza in the world. Made ultra-famous by Julia Roberts in the film Eat, Pray Love, L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele is the spot to take your lover before a hot night out in gay Naples.
Once you’ve had your pizza fill, be sure to ‘dig into’ some of Naples’ history. Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, covering the ancient city of Pompeii in volcanic ash and unnervingly preserving artifacts, people and livestock of the day. Many of these fascinating pieces are on display at the National Archeological Museum of Naples, which houses the largest collection of artifacts salvaged from the ashy ruins of Pompeii.
Looking for a five-star hotel experience? The Romeo Hotel is the number one gay accommodation Naples has to offer, and with a name like that how could you say no? If a historic building with a rooftop pool overlooking the bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius sounds like your jam, then the Romeo Hotel is your winning place. Warning! Your five-star stay comes at a premium price at the gay-friendly Romeo Hotel.
For something a little more affordable, but no less magical, check in at Hotel Orchids. Situated within easy reach of the National Archeological Museum of Naples, this gay-friendly hotel is in a fantastic location and won't bust the bank.
The B&B Blu Angels is the no-frills, strictly gay accommodation in Naples. This boutique bed and breakfast only has five rooms, so book well in advance to avoid missing out on this great spot. Located in the same building as the Blu Angels Sauna, the B&B Blu Angels is the best bang for your buck. Alternatively, if you would like to connect with gay local hosts, definitely consider booking a misterb&b apartment, and enjoy all the perks of gay hospitality. Otherwise for a home-away-home, you can opt for an entire misterb&b apartment and benefit from your very own fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and common area. Whichever gay accommodation you select, booking through misterb&b will serve you the gaycation to Naples you’ve been waiting for.